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April Article 2019

Interactive Dashboard – Australian Immigration by Skilled Visa 2016

Figure 1


Hello everyone. David from rondofiniti here.

Interactive visualisation dashboards are a powerful tool for displaying data in a compelling way. They can bring great clarity and life to what the data is really telling us and enhance business intelligence. So I thought I’d put my handy tableau skills together and generate such a visualisation. This visualisation is located on the rondofiniti Website – Click Here or on Tableau Public – Click Here. Feel free to interact with the dashboard live at either of these two locations.

Data set

There are many publicly available data sets to choose from. For the purpose of this article, I thought I would look at the skilled visa stream of immigration into Australia. This was sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) titled: 34170DO001_2016 Understanding Migrant Outcomes – Insights from the Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset, Australia, 2016. The data set consists of the ‘Country of Birth’ and considers permanent migrants 15 years and over. It also segments the migrant population by the following categories:

  • Employed
  • Unemployed
  • Not in the labour force
  • Not stated

Visualisation Chosen

A Sankey diagram was chosen to display the data. This diagram is great for determining how data for a particular parameter is split between different categories. As an example, how the China skilled visa migrants are split between the aforementioned employment categories.

As shown in figure 1, the left hand side of the dashboard shows the ‘Country of Birth’, the central portion of the dashboard shows the connections to the employment categories and the right hand side shows the actual employment categories.

How does the visualisation function?

The top right hand corner of the dashboard shows the density of the ‘Country of Birth’ of the migrants – See figure 2. Hover your mouse over the words ‘Density Map Hover’ to see the map.

Figure 2- Density Map Hover

When you hover your mouse over the ‘Country of Birth’, a map of the country is displayed. It also shows what migration percentage the country in relation to the total migration level (1,076,665). Furthermore, it displays the total migration population from that particular country – See Figure 3.

Figure 3 – Hovering over ‘Country of Birth’

Select the ‘Country of Birth’ to display the employment category split – see figure 4.

Figure 4 – Selecting the ‘Country of Birth’

Finally, select the employment category to see the relative split of ‘Country of Birth’ – See Figure 5.

Figure 5 – Selecting an Employment Category

Dashboards like these are fun to play with. I hope you enjoyed this brief article and the interactive dashboard. As stated previously, you can access the dashboard from the rondofiniti Website – Click Here or on Tableau Public – Click Here.





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